Confinement restrictions in Maharashtra to be lifted by zones: Uddhav Thackeray

MUMBAI: The Prime Minister said on Friday that coronavirus-induced restrictions will be lifted in the state in a zoned manner and the rules will be relaxed with caution.

In a live webcast, he said the blocking rules won't be hastily relaxed.

We will walk cautiously. No one is interested in lifting the closure in red zones (Covid-19) such as Mumbai, the Pune region, Nagpur and Aurangabad, where the number of positive cases is increasing, he said.

Thackeray said that in the orange areas, although there are no new positive cases, there are some active cases, while in the green areas there are no cases.

Even in green areas, we cannot take risks. The relaxations will be implemented step by step and cautiously, he said.

Admitting that people faced difficulties due to the blockade, he said: But the true wealth of any country is the good health of its people. If people are safe, then everything is fine.

The prime minister said there is fear of COVID-19 in people's minds, which he called Covid syndrome.

We have to get out of it. We must know that the disease is curable if detected early, he said.

Thackeray said the blockade has acted as a speed switch in the virus chain, adding that the number of positive cases in the state increased due to aggressive testing.

He also greeted people on the 60th day of the founding of the state.